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MRSA found to be common among ER workers

March 5, 2009 by  

Nurses have one of the highest rates of MRSA infectionTwo recent reports reveal that the rate of MRSA positivity among emergency room workers is more common than previously thought.

The findings, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, indicate that the proportion of ER workers testing positive as MRSA carriers is higher than that of the general population, Reuters Health reports.

In one study, researchers at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Illinois collected nasal swabs from ER personnel and found that 15 percent tested positive.

The other research study, at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine, discovered that 31.8 percent of nasal cultures were positive for the bug Staphylococcus aureus, while MRSA was present in 4.3 percent of those tested.

Nurses, nursing assistants, and radiology and respiratory technicians were most likely to test positive.

"The varying prevalence among the different healthcare workers was unexpected," lead researcher Dr. Brian P. Suffoletto told the news provider.

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that as many as 2 million people contract an infection in a hospital each year, with around 90,000 dying as a result.

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  • Olydale

    I caught the MRSA after my bra had ripped a mole off by my ribs.It was bad,I had high temps and like 2 hard knots where the mole was,my Doctor set me up to go to the Hospital to have them cut out,but I would not go! He filled me with 3 typs of Antibotics in shots and pills,then gave me Sullfur and said it was responding to that one.I am elergic to Sulfur Drugs but I took them any way.I broke out from the drug and I drained my knots every hour for like a week,I don’t advise this ,I could of died and thought I may at one time .I should have gone like he told me to.I watched my temp and I was going to call 911 but I got it to come down,still not smart,GO TO The Hospital if you get it!–But I would like to know how I got it ! I don’t work at the Hospital,I go to Doctor offices alot for my other ills! Some say we all have a form of it
    on our skin,is this true??

  • Chris

    I had no idea that staph was present in the nasal cavity but it makes sense. My son (21) was having severe swallowing pains and was becomming dehydrated when we took him to emergency as it was late. After 2 days in emergency (there were no beds to move him) he comes home feeling only slightly better and with a staph infection where his IV was. My wife had witnessd a nurse blowing her nose and not washing her hands. Can’t say if was anything to do with her but what kind of signal does this send? They also gave him what they call a “G.I.” cocktail and it did nothing to numb him. They had to delay the cocktail as this hospital had run out of lidocaine. Perhaps they gave him one ( I am sure they did) without lidocaine. The result confused the doctors as they were sure that this would have eased the swallowing discomfort. When he was seen in a follow-up visit after the hospital stay so they could treat his new staph infection they gave him another GI cocktail which worked as designed and soothed his throat. This doctor stated that this particular hospital was known to be “deficient” All I can say is medical care today borders on the incompetent. What will it be like if it becomes socialized?


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